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Tigers helped by blown call, Game 1 of ALCS is tied

Oct 13, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

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Tigers right-hander Doug Fister has been uncharacteristically wild in this ALCS Game 1 at Yankee Stadium, allowing three walks through two innings. But he was bailed out on a nice play by Jhonny Peralta with the bases loaded in the first inning and a blown call by first base umpire Rob Drake with the bases juiced again in the second.

Robinson Cano hit a ball off Fister’s wrist and beat out Peralta’s throw to first base. If called correctly, Russell Martin would have scored from third base.

As is, this first game of a best-of-seven is tied 0-0 entering the bottom of the third inning.

Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte has been sharp, yielding just two hits while fanning three Detroit batters over his first three frames. He entered the evening with 270 career postseason innings to his name and looks about as comfortable as a person can possibly be on the mound in a mid-October start.

There were quite a few empty seats when the game began, but Yankee Stadium now looks pretty full.

  1. zidanevalor - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Picture showing Cano clearly safe.

  2. nmurray6783 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    You say he has been wild, I say he can’t get a freakin call (at home plate) to save his life.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      How he is pitching with what should be a broken hand is beyond me.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Saying ‘blown call’ makes it sound like it was atrocious. When we can only tell the ump blew the call because we get 15 or so HD replays in super slo-mo and still have to freeze it to see if the runner was safe I think we can let it go.

    Also, nobody commends the umps when they get it right and we need the same amount of examination to realize it, as has already happened in this game when Ibanez slid into second. Just saying

    • jayscarpa - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:11 PM

      ‘blown call’ sounds like blown call.

    • vallewho - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:11 PM

      people don’t get fired for doing a bad job…it’s called a union.

  4. nothing25 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Better headline might be “Yankees helped by terrible strike zone”

  5. richwizl - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Fister has not been wild, but has been getting squeezed. Also, that was no slow roller to Peralta who made an impressive barehanded grab of a hard struck ball which ricocheted off the pitcher. I think the great play may have influenced the umpire, as Cano seemed to be there just ahead of the ball. This writer is clearly a Yankees fan.

  6. prosourcetalk - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Cano was safe but Fister is getting squeezed so it evens out for now

    • bigharold - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      That’s a nice great big juicy rationalization.

      I’m watching the same pitch tracker system and I don’t think the Yankees pitchers are getting any better calls.

      The ump blew the call. It happens but to suggest that the it’s some kind of cosmic justice is BS. It was a blown call.

  7. jayscarpa - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    “Fielder gobbles it up…”

    • astrofaninkc - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      “It’s funny because he’s fat!”

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    While Fister might be getting squeezed, Laird is doing him zero favors. Notice the difference in receiving between Martin and Laird? Or watch the master in Molina during the Cards games. Those two steal strikes whereas Laird is practically giving away balls.

    • richwizl - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      Good point.

  9. chill1184 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Relevant

    • jayscarpa - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      Long memory.

    • bigharold - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      Thank You for a completely useless reference.

  10. randygnyc - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Cano was clearly safe. Terrible call.

    Speaking of bad calls, home plate ump has been horrible tonight. Fister having most of these calls going against him.

    Speaking of Fister, gotta figure his dog is disappointed he wasn’t more seriously injured.

  11. historiophiliac - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Woooooooo! 2 up! Go Tigers!!!

  12. sjtorpitt - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Great job Arod!!! Strike out with runners on second an third and no out!

  13. nflfollower - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Fister got squeezed big time for the first four innings anyway, so its all good. He lives on the corners and just wasn’t getting the calls pettite was. Bad calls / borderline calls tend to even out.

  14. frank433 - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Dog is starting to get rolling. Bases loaded in 3/6 innings isn’t good though.

  15. jayscarpa - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Wow. Truly inept

  16. rexbeatsoff2feet - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    The ump just figured that lazy Cano could never beat out anything.

  17. blacksables - Oct 14, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    Yeah, and the Yankees have played 167 games this year without the benefit of any calls going their way?

    Average of 300 calls per game x 167 games = 50100 calls, and this one is more important than any of the others?

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